Talent stories

4 international talent at BusinessAsema

Chiara Bosetti, Moustafa Awny, Sharmin Farah and Niyati Kandikanti are Oulu Talent Hub ambassadors 2022.

Would you like to get to know what it’s like to study or work in Oulu? Meet our international talent who live in Oulu and read their inspirational stories.

“If you want to work in Oulu, believe in yourself and push hard”

Viktors Sobolevs came to Oulu from Latvia, and studied at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Now, he works as a business product manager at Polar.

The incredible journey of Chiara Bosetti

Oulu Talent Hub Ambassador Chiara Bosetti, originally from Italy, came to Oulu one year ago. “I had great expectations, and I certainly got what I was looking for”, she says.

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“During my first walks in Oulu, I felt like I was in a fairy tale”

Débora Oliveira, 34, is from São Paulo, Brazil. Besides doing a master’s in education and globalisation at the University of Oulu, she is a communications trainee at Oulu Talent Hub.

Woman smiling next to trees

How Oulu became a must-go place for a former BBC journalist?

Right now, Erika Benke is working as a contributor to BBC News and as a freelance journalist. Before moving to Oulu, she lived in London for 23 years. She found here the quality of life she was looking for. “After two years of working in Oulu, I’m still as relaxed as if I was on holiday”, she says.

Doris Yue believes her dreams will come true in Oulu

Doris Yue, 35, came to Oulu from Hong Kong. She is married with a Finnish man and moved to Oulu about two and a half years ago. Now she works as an architect and enjoys her life.

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“Northern Lights – the best thing to experience in Oulu”

Sharmin Farah came to Oulu from Bangladesh. Her life has changed significantly during the five years she have lived in Finland. Though it has been a rollercoaster ride, I am enjoying this journey, Sharmin says.

”You must come to Oulu with an open mind and a big smile”

Junnaid Iqbal works as a System Simulation Engineer at Nokia. He has been in Oulu nearly two and a half years.

“Oulu is a perfect environment for families”

Tamara Louis, 30, is an architectural designer living in Oulu. She came here from Russia in September 2012. We interviewed Tamara about her thoughts on living and working in Oulu.